(Saturday, February 12)
“Aravot” writes that the introduction of dual citizenship, envisaged by one of the proposed amendments to Armenia’s constitution, creates “serious dilemmas for residents of Armenia.” “In that case, a majority of our deputies could be from places like Los Angeles. One wonders whose state interests they would defend. On the other hand, if Diaspora Armenians gain voting rights, falsifying election results would become more difficult.”
The paper claims that most residents of Armenia are apparently against dual citizenship “despite the fact that they make use of their right to vote only in theory.” “But in any case, they will feel psychologically suppressed and subdued at the mere thought that they have to suffer at the hands of not criminal elements that came to power with vote bribes but a government elected by the prosperous Diaspora.”
In an extensive interview with “Haykakan Zhamanak,” parliament speaker Artur Baghdasarian brushes aside the latest media criticism of the National Assembly, saying that the legislature is doing a better job than “other state structures.” Baghdasarian also downplays poor attendance at the ongoing parliament session.
“The semi-presidential form of governance in Armenia is coming to an end and will be replaced by absolute oligarchy, the rule of a few individuals,” “Golos Armenii” notes grimly. “The rest of the population has been reduced to serving and catering for those few individuals. The executive and legislative branches are, in essence, already intertwined with the oligarchs and controlled by the latter. There are no longer audacious persons in parliament naming names and telling the truth. Everybody is scared, while the society still does not understand the need to rally against this reality. The oligarchy controls everything and as the elections approach it increasingly tightens its grip on political forces in order to avoid surprise developments.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” says that Turkey is going through “a difficult process of revisiting its own past” ahead of the 90th anniversary of the 1915 genocide of Armenians. “It is becoming obvious that we will soon be dealing not with a new Turkish-Armenian reconciliation commission hampering genocide recognition but with discussions to be organized in a much more serious and representative format,” claims the paper. “During them, the Turkish side will accept the tragic fact [of genocide] and offer reconciliation on certain, seemingly attractive terms.”